Sharjah Art Museum to celebrate this Palestinian-American artist

Inass Yassin Art Exhibition At Shaah Art Museum

The annual Lasting Impressions series this year will be dedicated to her work

If you haven’t visited Sharjah Art Museum in a while, this exhibition is definitely the best reason to.  

Sharjah Museums Authority has announced that the annual Lasting Impressions series this year will be dedicated to the outstanding Palestinian-American artist Samia Halaby. 

Held for the first time in the Emirate, you can catch this major retrospective exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum from 20 September 2023, through 7 January 2024. 

Curated by Inass Yassin, explore over 200 of Halaby’s multifaceted works produced over six decades of creating art. From abstract paintings and digital works to powerful documentary drawings, it’s the full works and then some.  

Highlights include Swing, 1987, Fruits and Gourds, 1994, Jabberwalkie, 1994, Spring Symmetry, 1999, Green Flamenco, 1999, and Milky Pearly in Dim Light, 1999 and all will be on loan from various collections locally and internationally, including pieces from Samia Halaby’s own studio in New York.  

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Born in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1936 and currently residing in New York, Halaby has left an indelible mark on the global art scene.  

Her poignant journey, from experiencing exile and displacement in 1948 to advocating relentlessly for Palestinian and human rights, has been a wellspring of inspiration for her profound body of work. Of particular note is the series memorialising the Kafr Qasem Massacre, an embodiment of her dedication to her roots and the history of her people, which will also be showcased in the exhibition.  

Halaby’s role in defining the language of abstraction stands as a significant achievement. Her methodical commitment, along with a rigorous approach to each stage of her exploration into abstraction, exemplifies her dedication. Her substantial input as an abstract painter has positioned her as a pioneer in the field. 

Halaby’s interpretation of the exhibition’s title “Lasting Impressions” is tied to the resonant impact her work has on the general Arab art history, as well as today’s youth, especially those in the Arab world.  

This series has previously celebrated the works of esteemed artists such as Abdulqader Al Rais, Najat Mekky, George Bahgoury, Noor Ali Rashid, Thuraya Al Baqsami, Ismail Shammout, and Tamam El Ekhal, Baya Mahieddine, among others. 



20 September 2023 – 7 January 2024  


Sharjah Art Museum 


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